Graduated from UC Berkeley with bachelor’s degrees in astronomy and physics in 2005. Attended the University of Colorado from 2005-2012, earning a Ph.D. with an emphasis on Mars climate simulation, and simulating the ancient Mars climate. Accepted a NASA postdoctoral position at NASA Ames in 2012, and joined the Mars Climate Modeling Center (MCMC). Transitioned to research scientist for the MCMC in 2014 contracted via the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute.
- A. in Astronomy and Physics. UC Berkeley, 2005.
- A. in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences. University of Colorado at Boulder, 2008.
- D. in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences. University of Colorado at Boulder, 2012
- Mars climate modeling
- Ancient Mars climate
- Planetary atmospheres
- Urata, R. A., & Toon, O. B. (2013). A new general circulation model for Mars based on the NCAR Community Atmosphere Model. Icarus, 226(1), 336-354.
- Urata, R. A., & Toon, O. B. (2013). Simulations of the martian hydrologic cycle with a general circulation model: Implications for the ancient martian climate. Icarus, 226(1), 229-250.
Awards and Other:
- NASA GSRP Fellowship 2008-2011
- NASA NPP Fellowship 2012-2014